It’s the first of the month and that means the So Suzy Stamps Design Team creates a whole lot of goodness for you. You can see all the creations on the So Suzy blog. This month’s theme are beautiful sentiments and the Design Team is revisiting their favorite quotes from the So Suzy store. Just FYI, Suzy has free shipping on all orders over $25 today 😉
By now you might know that I love to get paints and splatters all over my craft table and fingers. That’s why I chose Ken Oliver Color Bursts to create my backgrounds. All supplies used are listed at the bottom of my post.
I wanted my first background to look like fire, so I used the yellow, orange, and red Color Bursts. I find it’s easier to work from light to dark colors, espacially with water colors. I added the yellow to the water color paper and misted a lot of water on it to get it dripping down. After I had the saturation that I wanted, I heat set it with my heat gun. Now I added the orange color to the middle part, held the card upright while misting the water on it and let it run down again. After heat setting the orange, I added red to the bottom in exactly the same way.
Stamping a sentiment onto water color paper is always a little tricky. It has bumps all over it. That’s why I use Versafine ink to get a crisp impression. Having a stamping tool like the Misti and being able to stamp it two or three times to the exact same position helps as well 😉 .
I kept the rest of the card simple, because I think that this particular sentiment is very powerful on its own. The only thing I did was running the panel through my die cut machine using a scalloped border die. Now I adhered it with foam tape to my card base.
For the second card I used blue and violet Color Bursts. This time, I wanted to create an under water scene. I didn’t care too much about heat setting one color before I applied the other, so I just sprinkled both powders onto the water color paper and misted quite some water on top.
After the panel was dry, I stamped the mermaid with Versafine ink (again, a stamping tool definitely helps) and added the sentiment to the top left. Versafine has a longer dry time than Memento or Archival ink. While I was waiting for the ink to dry, I added some sequins as water bubbles to the card. After die cutting it with the same scalloped border die, I adhered it to a card base using foam tape. It felt like the mermaid didn’t stand out very well, so I outlined the image with a white gel pen, that definitely made her pop.
Tip: If your solid image doesn’t stamp crisp onto water color card stock and you don’t own a Misti, use a black marker to carefully color over the stamped image.
- So Suzy Stamps – Mermaid Lying Down
- So Suzy Stamps – Be
- So Suzy Stamps – Built From Fire
- Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Lemon Yellow, Orange, Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue and Violet
- Kat Scrappiness Sequins – White Diamond Mix
- Scalloped Border Die from WPlus9
- Versafine black ink and white gel pen
I hope you enjoyed my two cards and feel enabled to get your Color Bursts out to play with them again. I definitely can’t get enough of them 😀